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Chiefs release Matt Cassel

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The Chiefs announced the release of quarterback Matt Cassel on Thursday, multiple media outlets said.  (The club’s official Twitter account retweeted a report from a writer for the club’s website saying Cassel had been cut.)

After a 27-touchdown, seven-interception season for a division-title winning Kansas City club in 2010, Cassel struggled the next two seasons. The Chiefs’ trade for Alex Smith and the signing of Chase Daniel signaled the franchise would be going in a different direction at quarterback in 2013.

Cassel was due to earn a base salary of $7.5 million in 2013.

Cassel, who turns 31 in May, has made 62 career starts; such experience could give him some appeal. The question now is where he lands.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 14, 2013 10:52 AM

    No one would offer the lifetime Golden Corral pass Andy was hoping for.

  2. wludford says: Mar 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    Vikings should be him up cheap as a backup.

  3. tropicpurple says: Mar 14, 2013 10:54 AM

    Welcome to Minnesota

  4. skoobyfl says: Mar 14, 2013 10:54 AM

    Buffalo’s new backup QB.

  5. skinsfanwill says: Mar 14, 2013 10:55 AM

    What the heck took them so long!!!!

  6. spartan822 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:56 AM

    The Vikings need to sign Cassel yesterday.

  7. riseabovecancer says: Mar 14, 2013 10:56 AM

    I dont know. I think its a bad move. It looks like the Kansas City Chiefs was asking for a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick instead of taken a 6th or 7th round draft pick.

    I can tell you sometimes the Kansas City Chiefs can find way to get greedy.

  8. fancycash34 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:56 AM

    If the price is right, Vikes definitely need a serviceable back up QB.

  9. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 14, 2013 10:56 AM

    I wonder how Matt feels about Minnesota or Buffalo? maybe Jacksonville or New York?

  10. kshgreper says: Mar 14, 2013 10:57 AM

    Was it the Chiefs or was it Cassel? He’ll probably land somewhere, come in on relief and take over the starting job.

  11. bunjy96 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:57 AM

    Hello Tampa

  12. merrimanku says: Mar 14, 2013 10:57 AM

    Cassel is a good dude and I did enjoy watching him in 2010. Unfortunately, it’s a “win now” league and he wasn’t cutting it. I wish him the best of luck! His K-Swiss commercial with Kenny Powers is classic!

  13. northfootball89 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:58 AM

    Chiefs fans will miss you…. ha not

  14. alphaq2 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:58 AM

    Arizona and Buffalo are scrambling.

  15. bucrightoff says: Mar 14, 2013 10:58 AM

    Welcome to Minnesota Matt.

  16. megamore78 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:58 AM

    JETS 4th backup QB

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 14, 2013 10:59 AM

    I think he’d be a nice upgrade over Ponder for the Vikings.

  18. kuhawks2010 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    Finally! Good Riddance…We will not miss you in KC.

  19. whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2013 11:00 AM

    Matt, its the Vikings calling on Line 1.

    Cassel will have a limited number of options to remain in the NFL and given the Viking’s propensity for signing QB’s on the downside of their careers, this seems like the obvious destination.

  20. fissels says: Mar 14, 2013 11:01 AM

    Too bad it didn’t work out in KC. I hope he gets a chance somewhere

  21. riseabovecancer says: Mar 14, 2013 11:02 AM

    Also it looks like the Vikings nor the Buccaneers wanted to pay for his 7.3 million dollar contract either.

  22. EJ says: Mar 14, 2013 11:02 AM

    Maybe Buffalo as a back-up? I really can’t see him starting for anyone. Not unless he gets a complete overhaul and is paired up with a great QB Coach that is willing to work extra hard with him. Placing him as a second or third QB seems like a bigger possibility.

  23. Patriot42 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:02 AM

    Those that say he was worth something haven’t watched him throw.

  24. whatnojets says: Mar 14, 2013 11:05 AM

    I can see Cassel and Fitzpatrick part of the NYJ

  25. mc6796 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:06 AM

    Pats trade Mallett to the Browns for 3rd round & later round pick, maybe a 5, he’s not worth a 1st and the Browns don’t have a second. Bring Cassel back.

  26. kcflake says: Mar 14, 2013 11:09 AM

    Good Luck Matt. Don’t go to Pittsburgh. (Todd Haley is their OC)

  27. justafanofitall says: Mar 14, 2013 11:11 AM

    I still think he’s not a bad QB…showed that in NE. KC just didn’t have the personnel or coaches. The right situation and I feel he can be successful as he was in NE.

  28. realdealsteel says: Mar 14, 2013 11:12 AM

    Let’s see if the Patriots make the move to bring him back. Then they trade Mallet to the Browns.

  29. brownsclown says: Mar 14, 2013 11:13 AM

    This provides Mike Lombardturd with a back up plan for the Browns if he cannot get Jamorca Russell out of retirement or Ryan Leaf out of jail.

    For Lombardfart, Cassell is picture perfect. Endorsed by Bellicose, a former Patriot and, at last account, breathing.

  30. dr227 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:14 AM

    Starter? No. But he would make a nice experienced #2 for somebody.

  31. coltzfan166 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:16 AM

    It’s about time!!!

  32. theemrsanity says: Mar 14, 2013 11:21 AM

    And Brandon Weeden’s competition just became more clear.

  33. pencilfart says: Mar 14, 2013 11:23 AM

    Another former Patriot who landed on his face. Welkers next. Can any one name any former Patriot players, coaches who have left the Patriots and have done any thing besides loose?

  34. Tom Paine says: Mar 14, 2013 11:23 AM

    Saints now need a good backup.

  35. zerohandicapper says: Mar 14, 2013 11:26 AM

    I cannot believe the Jets are not all over this guy.

  36. slickster35 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:27 AM

    If Vikes fans want this guy this bad they deserve him.

    Worst starting QB in Chiefs history.

  37. jimmyt says: Mar 14, 2013 11:27 AM

    Between him, Kolb and Flynn are teams finally done trading for and signing to giant contracts QBs just because they were the back up on a great team?

  38. jaxbeachjagfan says: Mar 14, 2013 11:31 AM

    They must stock them next to the L.A Gear stuff.

  39. snarf1888 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:31 AM

    “Buffalo’s new backup QB.” hahaha backup? more like Buffalo’s new franchise QB!

  40. steelerben says: Mar 14, 2013 11:33 AM

    I’ll second the no Matt Cassel in Pittsburgh, but Pittsburgh West might make sense. The Cards could really use another sub par QB on their roster.

  41. trippymane says: Mar 14, 2013 11:39 AM

    Wow classless KC fans. Honestly unless this guy was a locker room problem or he talked trash about the city, players, coaches theres no reason to be talking bad about him. Be grateful that he at least took you guys to the playoffs, something yall wouldnt have done with tyler palko, or Brady quinn.

  42. fjpike1105 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:41 AM

    I know this “in the right system” thing is annoying but .. living in the Boston area when he played for the Pat’s (Brady went down in the seasons first game, Pollard’s hit – the Brady rule), Cassel play ed “REAL” good for the Pat’s, a 11-5 record .. they didn’t make playoffs because of a loss to Miami (Pat’s had better records then 3 other teams who did make playoffs because they won their respective divisions) .. So, in the right offense with the offense scheme designed around the strengths of the QB, Cassel is a very good QB .. hell, he proved it his first year in KC .. they won their division .. hope he lands with his feet on the ground .. I could easily find myself rooting for him and success

  43. justintuckrule says: Mar 14, 2013 11:42 AM

    Every day I read pft I thank my lucky stars that my team has a qb

  44. strokeytheclown says: Mar 14, 2013 11:43 AM

    File this under: what took them so long?

  45. radrhatr says: Mar 14, 2013 11:44 AM

    Hello Sean Smith or Luis Delmas

  46. beardinals says: Mar 14, 2013 11:49 AM

    Arizona is all full up with backups. No need for another.

  47. daknight93 says: Mar 14, 2013 11:50 AM

    come down to new orleans…

  48. sergioisamazin says: Mar 14, 2013 11:53 AM

    Anyone who cheers a man getting hurt in a game a game has issues, however, I will cheer his release.

    Good move KC!

  49. audient says: Mar 14, 2013 11:56 AM

    brownsclown says:
    Mar 14, 2013 11:13 AM
    This provides Mike Lombardturd with a back up plan for the Browns if he cannot get Jamorca Russell out of retirement or Ryan Leaf out of jail.

    For Lombardfart, Cassell is picture perfect. Endorsed by Bellicose, a former Patriot and, at last account, breathing.
    —-

    Clearly not a real Browns fan above.

    I take it as a good sign that there are no serious suggestions here that the Browns sign Cassel.

  50. squared80 says: Mar 14, 2013 12:09 PM

    I bet he ends up with the Vikings.

  51. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 14, 2013 12:09 PM

    I think most QBs would have struggled in KC the last couple years. They didn’t have enough quality players around him or good depth from what little of know of the KC roster.

    He’ll be a fine backup somewhere or a decent starter if whatever team he goes to has a good Oline.

  52. arrowdead says: Mar 14, 2013 12:11 PM

    As a Chiefs this clearly comes as a relief, but deep down a real part of me believes Cassel can recapture that 27 TD season. There was a game they played at SEA during that season where he looked like freakin’ Montana. Somewhere it can be found again, but he simpley regressed too much for Reid to roll with him again. And quite frankly, for all the slack he gets, Todd Haley should get credit for getting the most out of Cassel (same with Derrick Johnson, whom he sat behind Corey freakin’ Mays for an entire season! )

  53. kane337 says: Mar 14, 2013 12:11 PM

    The mistake that got Pioli fired.

  54. sschmiggles says: Mar 14, 2013 12:14 PM

    Cassel is a serviceable QB if you give him time to throw and some good weapons. Pioli never seemed to invest much in the o-line, which is surprising considering how much value the Pats put on it.

  55. imadipsnit says: Mar 14, 2013 12:18 PM

    If you guys are wanting him as a backup you better hope your #1 dont get hurt, You will be picking first in the draft if so, this guy is horrible, terrible pathetic . good guy but god I havent seen a qb as bad as him in my life …. and I’m a Chiefs fan there has been plenty!

  56. ckinthekc99 says: Mar 14, 2013 12:42 PM

    For those thinking Alex Smith is light years better than Cassell needs to get their head examined

  57. albertmn says: Mar 14, 2013 1:08 PM

    Pretty sure the draft picks weren’t the hold up on the Chiefs not finding a trade partner. It was his too large contract that a team would have taken on if they traded for him. He won’t have a problem finding a deal for a couple million to be a backup somewhere.

  58. britishteeth says: Mar 14, 2013 1:20 PM

    brownsclown says:
    Mar 14, 2013 11:13 AM
    This provides Mike Lombardturd with a back up plan for the Browns if he cannot get Jamorca Russell out of retirement or Ryan Leaf out of jail.

    For Lombardfart, Cassell is picture perfect. Endorsed by Bellicose, a former Patriot and, at last account, breathing.

    Ahhh, I see what you did there. You took a persons last name and added words like “turd” and “fart” to the end. My god, that is the most well crafted, intelligent thing I’ve ever read! I can only hope you didn’t/don’t reproduce.

  59. duffmandarrah says: Mar 14, 2013 1:56 PM

    as a Chiefs fan i would have been totally fine having Cassel as a backup. He is a Brian Greise type – would come in and do great in a few spot starts (like – REALLY great), but if asked to start upwards of 5 or 6 games, will fall flat on face (in case of Greise – literally).

    BUT – he has been run out of town and totally understand needing to get rid of him (esp for 7.5 mil)

    so long matt

  60. cranespy says: Mar 14, 2013 8:21 PM

    Back to New England……Bill needs an extra draft pick so Mallet is traded for a 5th rounder and Bill reinstalls Cassel as Bradys backup.

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